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100 Magnificent Mapplications

From Cartography Art to Globe Trotting Apparel

— May 9, 2012 — Art & Design
Google Maps, handheld GPS, iPhones; the list of electronic guiding devices continues to grow in the 21st century and these Magnificent Mapplications illustrate that getting lost will soon be a thing of the past.

While the bulk of the world may already be explored, the allure of adventure and uncertainty still remains. Map-themed clothing such as the Well-Traveled Tot Apparel turns an individual into a walking globe; just point to a new destination on the shirt and set out on a new adventure.

Online maps offer people an innumerable amount of diversity in regards to the information provided and the way in which that imagery is depicted. While they may be vibrant and colorful, so too is the abundance of cartographic art. Colorful Animal Maps or Google Maps-Inspired Seating are proof that graphic depictions of our surroundings are not only helpful but also aesthetically pleasing.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Conceptual Architecture Exploration Apps
Conceptual Architecture Exploration Apps
The 'Walkabout3d' App Lets You Explore Unbuilt Buildings
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99
Translating Tsunami Support Sites
Translating Tsunami Support Sites
Messages for Japan Lets You Support Japan in Your Own Words
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98
City Discovery Apps
City Discovery Apps
Mapnificent App Presents All Possible Routes Available from a Starting Point
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97
Marvelous Mobile Cartography
Marvelous Mobile Cartography
The 'Connected States of America' Map is Drawn by Cellphone Links
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96
Puzzling Plot Explanations
Puzzling Plot Explanations
'Inception Folder' Viral Video Illuminates Film's Plot Through Folders
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95
Global Goods Tracking Sites
Global Goods Tracking Sites
The iuMAP Project Tracks and Maps Global Social Enterprise
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94
Roadkill Phone Apps
Roadkill Phone Apps
The Online Roadkill Database May Become Available on Your Cell Phone
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93
Armed Combat-Flagging Sites
Armed Combat-Flagging Sites
Conflict History Uses Google Maps to Track the History of War
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92
Visualized Connectivity
Visualized Connectivity
LinkedIn 'InMaps' Help You See and Customize Your Connections
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91
Globetrotting Topography Collections
Globetrotting Topography Collections
Mark Ovenden Curates an Excellent Collection of Global Maps
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90
Hilarious Hairy Roadmaps
Hilarious Hairy Roadmaps
The 'Beardlands' Graphic Provides a Path to a Clean Shaven Existance
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89
Topographic Portrait Apps
Topographic Portrait Apps
Geo-Tag Your Pictures Around the Globe With the Snapr iPhone App
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88
Musical Timeline Maps
Musical Timeline Maps
The Evolution of Western Dance Music Infographic Finishes Off at Dubstep
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87
Geotagged Newspaper Maps
Geotagged Newspaper Maps
Newspaper Map Lets You Search the Globe for Local Papers
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86
Crowdsourced Cellphone Mapping
Crowdsourced Cellphone Mapping
OpenSignalMaps Lets You in on Where to Get the Best Signal Stregth
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85
GPS Art Installations
GPS Art Installations
Garvin Nolte Takes Directions from 25 GPS Units Simulatenously
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84
Crowdsourced City Scrapbooks
Crowdsourced City Scrapbooks
The WhatWasThere App Lets You Share and View Historical City Shots
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83
Cartoonlike Cartography Books
Cartoonlike Cartography Books
MAPS by Lena Corwin is a Creative and Fantastical Publication
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82
Unconventional Alphabetic Maps
Unconventional Alphabetic Maps
Ursula Hitz Maps Famous Cities With Names of their Neighborhoods
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81
Soulmate City Guides
Soulmate City Guides
Nectar & Pulse Makes It Easy to Find a City's Best Spots
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80
Erasable Globes
Erasable Globes
The Chalkboard Globe Lets You Draw the World the Way You See It
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79
Typographic Transit Maps
Typographic Transit Maps
TRNSPRTNATION Uses Words to Guide Commuters Around Major Cities
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78
Digital Rally Logistics
Digital Rally Logistics
The Google Maps Live Protest Map Directs Demonstrators in London
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77
Music-Inspired Maps
Music-Inspired Maps
The Song Map by Dorothy Will Take You Down Memory Lane
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76
Statewide Rental Routines
Statewide Rental Routines
This Netflix Infographic Shows What Americans Watch By State
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75
Canine Tag Trackers
Canine Tag Trackers
Virtual Leash Connects Your Dog to an Online GPS Tracking Website
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74
Geography-Inspired Cards
Geography-Inspired Cards
Stitching Postcards Adds a Touch of Craftiness to Snail Mail
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73
Pixelized Street Finders
Pixelized Street Finders
Baidu Maps is China's Take on the Google Map System
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72
Colorful Cartoony Guides
Colorful Cartoony Guides
Tour the City with 'A La Carte' Maps
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71
Social Media Mood Maps
Social Media Mood Maps
Researchers Graph Twitter Emotions Throughout the United States
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70
Packed Population Maps
Packed Population Maps
Derek Watkins Shows Creates a Guide to Show Where the Most People Reside
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69
Well-Travelled Tot Apparel
Well-Travelled Tot Apparel
The Mini Rodini Body Map Onesie Promotes Globe-Trotting
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68
Comedic City Slogans
Comedic City Slogans
The New Google Maps City Slogans Use Word Play to Bring You Home
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67
Informative Money-Carriers
Informative Money-Carriers
The Mighty Wallets Map Wallet Subtly Shows off Subway Routes
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66
Color-Coded Heat Loss
Color-Coded Heat Loss
'Zoom Into Your Roof' Infrared Energy Maps Reveal Insulation Inefficiencies
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65
Interactive Voter Maps
Interactive Voter Maps
The Google 2010 US Election Ratings Map Predicts Poll Outcomes
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64
Anatomical Subway Maps
Anatomical Subway Maps
Sam Loman Reimagines the Human Body
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63
Topographical Human Figures
Topographical Human Figures
The Nikki Rosato Cut Map Series Encourage Exploration
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62
Tables as Floating Islands
Tables as Floating Islands
Archipelago Table by Charles Trevelyan Plays With Geography
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61
Salacious Spending Maps
Salacious Spending Maps
LoveHoney Sex Map Plots Out Where People Spend on Erotica
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60
Interior Navigators
Interior Navigators
Google Maps Indoors Helps You Find Your Way Inside Large Buildings
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59
Online Globetrotting
Online Globetrotting
The Google Maps Street View Commercial Sets Out on an Endless Journey
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58
National Profanity Maps
National Profanity Maps
Daniel Huffman Charts Out Swear Words
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57
Video Game Mapping Systems
Video Game Mapping Systems
The GT4 Liberty City Map Gets a Google Maps Makeover
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56
Braille Mapping Gadgets
Braille Mapping Gadgets
This Robert Richter 'Plan B' Device Guides You on Your Journeys
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55
Interactive Info Graphics
Interactive Info Graphics
Newsweek's 'World's Best Countries' Ranking Compares Lifestyle Factors
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54
LEGO Cartography Canvases
LEGO Cartography Canvases
Samuel Granados' Migration Maps Turn Populations into Toy Blocks
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53
Artfully Crowdsourced Maps
Artfully Crowdsourced Maps
'They Draw & Travel' Showcases Cool Travel Insights from Nomad Artists
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52
Pinned Map Masterpieces
Pinned Map Masterpieces
Jenny Brial Creates Colorful Geographical Artworks
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51
Low-Tech Zoomable Maps
Low-Tech Zoomable Maps
Map Squared Unfolds to Detailed Areas
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50
Type-Faced Topography
Type-Faced Topography
Axis Maps Use Street Names to Form the Streets Themselves
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49
Conceptual Topography Images
Conceptual Topography Images
These Val Britton Collages are Reminiscent of Maps
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48
Digital Historic Maps
Digital Historic Maps
The Google HistoryPin Collaboration Gives You Insight into Your City's Past
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47
Interactive Geography Education
Interactive Geography Education
The Smart Globe Deluxe
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46
Creative Geographical Artworks
Creative Geographical Artworks
Rebecca Ross Creates Stunning Pieces of Art Using Atlas Maps
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45
Google Maps-Inspired Seating
Google Maps-Inspired Seating
The Tack Bench and Stool by Monocomplex are Perfect for Beach Bums
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44
Colortastic Literal Maps
Colortastic Literal Maps
The 'One Planet Version 3' by Harajukumatt is a Treat for the Eyes
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43
Internet Media Maps
Internet Media Maps
The 2010 Social Network World Map Provides an Outlook on Social Media
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42
Reused Topography Designs
Reused Topography Designs
Susan Stockwell's Recycled World Map is Made up of Computer Parts
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41
Mapped Insect Displays
Mapped Insect Displays
The Terrordome Etsy Shop Creates Intricate Cut-Out Artworks
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40
Map Bound Travel Journals
Map Bound Travel Journals
Maps On Leather Creates Unique Scrapbooks for Globe Trotters
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39
Typographic World Maps
Typographic World Maps
This Informative Invention by Nancy McCabe Turns Geographic Names into Art
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38
Recycled Map Envelopes
Recycled Map Envelopes
Learn Geography, Send Your Letter
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37
Tracking Fictional Travels
Tracking Fictional Travels
A Map of Tintin's Journeys Around the World
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36
Informative Map Illustrations
Informative Map Illustrations
Newsweek's ‘The World's Real Winners' by Fra
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35
Musical Maps
Musical Maps
Dan Cassaro's 'Springstreets' are Maps of Bruce Springsteen Songs
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34
Manhood Member Maps
Manhood Member Maps
This Unique Map Gives Statistics for Penis Sizes Around the World
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33
Intricate Hand-Cut Maps
Intricate Hand-Cut Maps
Karen M. O'leary Makes Amazing Art Out of City Grids
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32
Twitter Topography
Twitter Topography
These New City Landscape Maps Use 'Tweetography' to Plot Density
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31
Globe-Trotting Tarpaulins
Globe-Trotting Tarpaulins
The Izola Map Shower Curtain Will Make Your Bathroom Charted Territory
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30
Social Media Friend Maps
Social Media Friend Maps
Facebook Map Highlights the World's Relationships
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29
Graffiti Map Makeovers
Graffiti Map Makeovers
'Map Quest' From Dirty Pilot Redesigns NYC Subway Maps
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28
Disturbing Maps
Disturbing Maps
WWF Living Planet World Map of Ecological Footprints Shows Resource Consumers
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27
Personal Landmark Map Art
Personal Landmark Map Art
Cosmographies by Carlos Romo Melgar is Like a Graphic Bio
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26
Fluent Font Maps
Fluent Font Maps
The Bold & Noble Typographic Topography is Elegantly Eloquent
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25
Naughty Comparative Maps
Naughty Comparative Maps
Interactive Charts Plot the World's Largest Breasts and Genitals
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24
Trend Forecast Maps
Trend Forecast Maps
Geography by Innovation is Better Than the Weather Network
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23
Global Domination Maps
Global Domination Maps
'You and Me, the Royal We' From Aaron Ruff, Oliver Jeffers, & Mac Premo
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22
Big Apple Restaurant Maps
Big Apple Restaurant Maps
Very Small Array's NYC Food Maps Show You What and Where to Eat
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21
City Map Mug Rugs
City Map Mug Rugs
The Anders Hansen Oslo Project Turn City Streets into Coasters
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20
Minimalist Typographic Subway Maps
Minimalist Typographic Subway Maps
Fadeout Design Creates Pared Down Public Transit Art
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Personalized Genealogy Maps
Personalized Genealogy Maps
Worldnames by Public Profiler
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18
Colorful Animal Maps
Colorful Animal Maps
The Urban Legends Collection Offers Cute Cards of Various Land Masses
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17
Otherworldly Light Fixtures
Otherworldly Light Fixtures
Benoit Vieubled Boggles Minds With New Globe Chandelier
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16
Scrunchable Maps
Scrunchable Maps
The Crumbled City Map by Emanuele Pizzolorusso
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15
Grim Geography Lessons
Grim Geography Lessons
The Pleated Jeans Graphic Proves Fear Lurks Around Every American Corner
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14
Cute Cartoony Cartography
Cute Cartoony Cartography
Crumpled City Junior Maps Are Alive with Colorful Illustrations
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13
Earthly Map Creatures
Earthly Map Creatures
Images Created From Geographic Shapes Without Touching Scale
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12
Surprisingly Accurate Maps
Surprisingly Accurate Maps
The World According to Americans Defies Stereotypes
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11
Surreal Atlas Artistry (UPDATE)
Surreal Atlas Artistry (UPDATE)
Fernando Vicente Illustrates Human Portraits Using Old Maps
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10
Typographic Topography
Typographic Topography
The Typomaps Collection is a Travelling Designer's Dream
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9
Statistics-Skewed World Maps
Statistics-Skewed World Maps
Population Maps Alter the World as We Know It
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8
Birds-Eye City Collages
Birds-Eye City Collages
These Mark Bradford Paintings are Mixed Media Masterpieces
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7
Topographical Carpets
Topographical Carpets
'Carpet' by Laurens van Wieringen Turns Foam Bars Into a Landscape
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6
Fornication-Flagging Websites
Fornication-Flagging Websites
IJustMadeLove.com Creates an International Sex Map
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5
Image-Inscribed Mapvertising
Image-Inscribed Mapvertising
This Vodacom Geolocation Campaign Finds Your Family Members
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4
Social Media Maps
Social Media Maps
The Randall Munroe 'Online Communities' Maps Give Direction to n00bs
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3
Paper Map Artworks
Paper Map Artworks
The Works by Shannon Rankin are Sure to Mesmerize
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2
Controversial Country Prints
Controversial Country Prints
The Yanko Tsvetkov Maps Stereotypes Series is a Shocker
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1
Prejudice Parody Maps
Prejudice Parody Maps
Mapping Stereotypes by Yanko Tsvetkov is an Irreverent Send-Up
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